Letter: Judge’s decision disappoints

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

To the editor:

I serve as the principal of a private school in Creedmoor and I’m writing to personally express my disappointment regarding the judge’s recent decision to temporarily suspend the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

This program would give children from low-income families the chance to attend a private school, and this would be a great opportunity for children in our area.

There are too many children from low-income communities currently failing to acquire the skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. Across the state less than 30 percent of students from low income households are proficient in math and reading, so why not provide these families with more options?

Parents in the Creedmoor area have expressed their interest in taking advantage of a private school scholarship for their child. In fact, many Creedmoor area families joined the more than 4,500 parents that applied for their child across the state. I can personally affirm that our school would have gladly welcomed these students as we share the same belief as these parents: the belief that their child can’t afford another year of falling behind and that finding the right school, whether public or private, is critical.

It is my sincere hope that this temporary suspension will soon be lifted for these families so that parents in the Creedmoor area, as well as across the state, will be able to find the much-needed relief they so desperately need for their children.

Gloria McKain